The Prevalence of Injuries in Golf

Wed Sep 4, 2013 by Dave Phillips

Golf is a game that is played by more than 55 million people worldwide and statistics show that many golf injuries result in a forced absence from the game of at least a month. That's pretty stagering. The financial implications to the game due to injury are enormous and there is a huge opportunity to create simple programs that identify risk and prevent injury.  It is important for golf and medical professionals to understand how and why injuries can occur. 

With professional golfers, almost 80% of the injuries come from overuse.  Injuries in amateur golfers can be caused by overuse but in most cases, they occur due to swing patterns developed around physical limitations.  As a result, they over stress areas of the body and create further injury to pre-existing conditions.  In professional golfers, we primarily see injuries in the wrists, back, shoulders and hips from overuse.  In amateurs, we tend to see injuries in the lower back and elbows due to poor technique and dysfunctional movement patterns.

At TPI, we have created the largest network of golf, medical and fitness professionals in the world and they have the skills necessary to assess a golfers' functional movement and help prevent injury.  If you have an existing injury or want to make sure you have the best chance at playing golf injury free, I would highly recommend you see a TPI Certified Professional and have a simple evaluation done.  This one step may help you recover from an injury faster or identify issues that may cause injury down the road.  Along the way, you'll develop a much better understanding of your golf swing. 


  • Anonymous User

    Would like to see some discussion about the golf swing and a torn bicep.

  • Anonymous User

    i have muscle pain in my left back side of neck. the issue is getting prolonged and i am unable to golf. any remrdies

  • David Gaston

    That's very common from overworking one side of your body... withouth knowing more about your specific issues, making sure you properly stretch before and after you golf is critical... I would also recommend when you are on the range, swing opposite handed for a couple minutes (you don't have to hit a ball) but it will help keep one side from becoming overworked, plus it should cause an increase in distance by helping to properly allow you to have better range of motion

  • Anonymous User

    Amazing discovery!! Hmm wait.... It's been know for years how to assess and prescribe exercise for injury prevention. I guess I have to call the exercises albatross, eagle, slice and hook in order to some golfers interest in exercising. :-/

  • Anonymous User

    Dysfunctional movement patters are prevalent in weekend warrior golfer and lead to most injuries. The patterns are not assessed, not corrected, and very little proper stretching and strengthening occurs at this level.

  • Dr. Peter Mackay

    Well said from one of the first PGA professionals to understand the importance of physical limitations and how they may shape our swings ; great advice!

  • James Ferris

    TPI Certified Coaches can be found here

  • Anonymous User

    Where can I see a PTI professional to help me out with injuries in san diego area?

  • Kyung No Lee

    정말 유익 한 정보 입니다

  • Anonymous User

    Just completed an assessment. Looking forward to seeing the results. Just from the test performed, I can tell that in order for me to play injury free in the future, Im going to have to make some changes in habits, not necessarily in my golf swing.

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